Michelangelo's painting of "The Last Supper" will come to life at Rockland United Methodist Church Thursday night-it's one of several Easter-related events planned throughout Washington County this week.
"It's really a very neat drama that also includes a lot of audience participation," Rockland UMC Pastor Jim Cordrey said of the church's annual "Living Last Supper."
The presentation, based on Michelangelo's depiction of Jesus and his 12 disciples sharing their last Passover meal together, provides the audience with some insight into the apostles' experiences as followers of Jesus.
"We try to get the scene as close to Michelangelo's rendering as possible," Cordrey said. "Each disciple recounts his time with Jesus, then asks 'Is it I?'"
He said the disciples' recollections are interspersed with songs by the congregation, culminating at the end of the presentation with communion and a final singing of "Amazing Grace."
"We'll also have a community Good Friday service with Belpre Area Ministries at the church at 6 p.m. Friday," Cordrey added. "Everyone is invited to be part of both events."
A host of activities, including a "Living Last Supper," a 5K Bunny Hop, and several Easter egg hunts are scheduled through Easter Sunday, March 31, in Washington County communities.
Also scheduled next weekend are several traditional Easter egg hunts, including the annual Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department's egg hunt on Easter Sunday.
"It's a thank you to the community for their support, but everybody's welcome," said Alan Thieman who's coordinating this year's event that will take place at 1 p.m. behind the fire station on B.F. Goodrich Road in Oak Grove.
He said hundreds of Easter eggs will be hidden on the lawn and playground behind the station, and there will be plenty of treats for kids of all ages, including some prizes for those who find specially-marked eggs.
"We usually have a pretty good turnout, so we're hoping for good weather on Sunday," Thieman added.
Following is a list of some of this year's local Easter-related activities:
"Living Last Supper" drama, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28, Rockland United Methodist Church, 2300 Washington Blvd., Belpre; free and open to the public; (740) 423-7785 or email@example.com
Bunny Hop 5K, 7 a.m., registration, runners begin at 8:30 a.m.; and walkers begin at 8:35 a.m., March 30; start at Fort Frye High School, through residential sections of Beverly, finish back at school; prior to the race, orientation and demonstration; following the race, door prizes awarded to volunteers and participants, and race results given; part of the 2013 River City Runners' Running and Walking Series; www.bunnyhop5k.com for information, register at www.theracedeal.com.
Pancake breakfast and egg hunt, 8 to 11 a.m., breakfast for a donation; 11 a.m., egg hunt, Saturday, March 30, old Reno School; sponsored by The Reno Lions Club; hunt for children in the community 12 years and younger; bring own container; proceeds will go towards helping with community service projects; 373-1278.
Tunnel United Methodist Church will be sponsoring an Easter egg hunt for the kids in the Warren Township Community. It will be held at 10 a.m. on March 30 for ages toddlers to sixth graders. Participants should meet at Inman-Liberty Park for the egg hunt. (Warren Township, Ohio 550 and Coffman Road, behind Tunnel United Methodist Church. Activities and refreshments will follow in Tunnel UMC's multi-purpose building. For information call 374-8685.
Easter Egg Adventure, 11 a.m., March 30, Newport Elementary Playground; sponsored by Newport United Methodist Youth and Frontier Lions Club; ages toddler to 4th grade; in the old gymnasium if bad weather; hunt, Easter story, cupcake decoraing, games, gifts; parents are encouraged to come; bring basket to gather eggs and to take home candy.
Newport United Methodist Youth in conjunction with the Frontier Lions Club would like to invite area children from ages toddler to fourth grade to participate in their Easter Egg Adventure on March 30 at 11 a.m. at the Newport Elementary Playground and in the old gymnasium if there is bad weather. This year the youth have an Easter egg hunt and the Easter story for children who want to celebrate this holiday. There will be a cupcake decoration event, the Easter story, games, special gifts and fun in store for the kids. Parents are encouraged to come and please have a basket for children to gather eggs and to take home candy.
Beverly-Waterford Easter egg hunt, noon, Saturday, March 30, Dodge Park; for children preschool through grade 4. Participants must bring their own baskets; sponsored by the Beverly Lions Club and the Muskingum Valley Leo Club
North Hills Baptist Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt on March 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. for all children up to 12 years of age. The church is located at 108 Stonecrest Dr., Marietta. For more information contact 373-9816 or www.northhillsbaptistchurch.org.
Newport Baptist Church will be hosting an Easter EGGstravaganza on March 30 at 2 p.m. The church is located on Green Street in Newport. There will be a traditional egg hunt along with game booths and prizes and treats for all. There will be an object lesson celebrating that the Tomb is Empty, Jesus is Risen. All are welcome
Community Easter Sunrise Service, 7 a.m., Sunday, March 31, in the front lot of the Marietta Township Building, Sandhill Road, Reno (weather permitting), if rain it will be held inside; breakfast will follow; the public is invited; 373-8712.
Easter Sunday Service, 9 a.m., March 31, open communion will be observed at the Highland Ridge Community Church with an Easter egg hunt following the service; everyone welcome. The church is located at 2200 Highland Ridge Road, Lowell.
Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department's annual Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1 p.m. behind the fire station on B.F. Goodrich Road. Everyone is welcome.
Easter Egg Hunt, for members only of Washington County Fish and Game Club, 2 p.m., Sunday, March 31, clubhouse in Whipple; age groups 1 to 12 years old and grandparents.